Has your investment property been sitting vacant for too long? One of the best ways to add value to your property and attract great renters is by making a few updates to your landscaping.
Guest post – Sally Perkins
When renters drive past a house or apartment up for lease, they want to be able to imagine themselves living in the property.
A neglected yard or garden won’t do the trick. But, if you keep your property well-maintained, and even spruce it up with special additions like a modern fountain, not only will it attract potential renters, but it’ll likely improve your return on investment.
Easy ways to update your landscaping
An aesthetically pleasing design with a well-kept look attracts the eye and will make renters feel welcome. You want your home to stand out for a good reason in the neighbourhood and not look unkempt.
The right updates don’t have to be expensive and, done right, have the potential to increase your property value.
1 – Add a few non-living items
A stone birdbath could look good in your front yard. How about a gnome to greet visitors or a few hanging planters to add personality? Don’t try to look like every other house on the block.
2 – Trim your trees
Australia is home to many breathtaking trees, such as the Eucalyptus. If you happen to have space in your garden, hire a professional to keep it trimmed and well-groomed. This will allow more light into your home and can even make the house look larger.
3 – Spruce up the plant bed
Surround your home with fresh mulch and new flowers. Foundational flower beds should not compete with the colour of your home, but complement it. When your property is on the market for rent, a beautiful, blooming flower bed will draw plenty of attention.
4 – Consider adding native plants
What grows easily and thrives in your local area? In Australia, certain plants will have a tough time adapting to the climate, so ensure you know what types of plants have the best chance of survival.
5 – Freshen up
Although this doesn’t strictly fall under the landscaping category, it still ties in with updating your home’s overall look. If required, give your front door a bright coat of paint. It will look fresh, beautiful and draw much-needed attention to your home while it’s on the market.
Why not hire a professional?
If you don’t have time to change your property’s landscaping, hire a professional who is proficient in landscape design and maintenance. Since many rental agreements come with landscaping provided in the lease, now is the time to establish a relationship with a landscaper you like.